Playing with sand on an industrial scale at Weymouth Beach in Dorset this week, earth moving machinery has been restoring the shore to pristine condition by redistributing imported sand – ensuring plenty for sun-bathing and sand castle-making before the better weather and the influx of visitors arrive in this new season.
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The use of the word “pristine” here is a bit strange… 🙂
Yes. Maybe a bit ironic. The beach is being restored to the state which visitors have grown to expect, clean with a good depth of sand, rather than the original natural unsullied state.
A big undertaking – can’t help feeling its a bit mad really!
It is a massive undertaking but on the south coast of England in particular there is a problem with maintaining the beaches in the optimum state for visitors. Beach deposits of sand or pebbles can easily be washed away over the winter months, sometimes they are moved along the shoreline (longshore drift). I guess that is why there are so many breakwaters and groynes on English beaches. On a more significant level, loss of beach sediments can contribute to coastal erosion and endanger both lives and structures by increasing the likelihood of flood and rock falls. In Lyme Regis a few years back massive importation of shingle was undertaken to bolster defences from the sea (the previous groynes are now completely buried). So these kinds of restoration operation are not always just cosmetic but practical as well.
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